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The Biblio File
May 21, 2018

Victoria Day

For some, Victoria Day, or “Celebration of the Queen” is a sign that summer is just around the corner.

The holiday, which is only celebrated in Canada and Scotland, began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday. The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24, 1819). At that time it was celebrated with picnics, parades, tournaments, fireworks and cannon salutes.  When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada’s parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day.  It continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country, but probably with less cannons.


On our New shelves you will find Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin.  Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own gift for history and drama, Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life.